Publication details [#12416]

Preti, Dino. 1996. Problems with the representation of face and its manifestations in the discourse of the 'old-old'. In Caldas-Coulthard, Carmen-Rosa and R. Malcolm Coulthard, eds. Texts and Practices. Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis. Routledge. pp. 194–213.
Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


This study shows how elderly people, in conversation with young people, use face-saving mechanisms, to preserve their own positive face and ideally that of both the interlocutors, the latter in order to establish an operational consensus in which they try to approximate present values with those of the past.